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Merging SD Values at WSF Budapest

Every second year, the World Science Forum (WSF, co-organized by UNESCO and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) draws almost 1000 members of science, civil society, policy, and industry communities from around the world to convene on the most pressing issues and promising endeavors within science. The Forum emphasizes the responsibilities of science on a global scale and promotes open dialogue. On 20 Nov 2019 in Budapest, InsSciDE offers a side session called “Merging Values across Science Diplomacy: Interactions and counteractions between scientists and diplomats“ that particularly suits the theme selected for this 20th anniversary of the WSF series.

The InsSciDE Project is proud to announce our participation in the World Science Forum with a side session organized by our Deputy Coordinator, Leonard Laborie. With a theme of “Science, Ethics and Responsibility” and a subtheme of “20 years in Science Diplomacy”, this special edition of WSF is a good venue to highlight InsSciDE’s historical analyses of science diplomacy practices and its practitioners. We have taken the theme into careful consideration to construct a panel around the conflicting values and interests that may emerge in the practice of science diplomacy. Our panelists represent a diverse composition of science diplomacy and intercultural experiences and will share these in a stimulating conversation, aimed to expose areas of divergence among scientists and diplomats, and explore the means of overcoming and even benefitting from these contrasts.

InsSciDE’s session will be held in the Large Lecture Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, at 11-12.30h on the morning of the Opening Day, Wednesday 20 November. Our Executive Director C. Mays will share live notes across our EU Science Diplomacy LinkedIn group, which all LinkedIn members are welcome to join.

Our moderator will be UNESCO Expert April Tash, who guided negotiations to revise global science standards under UNESCO’s Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers.

Panelists will include:

Rasmus Bertelsen

Thierry Courvoisier

Judit Hidasi

Find further biographical information via InsSciDE’s page on the Conference website and read our abstract below:

Merging Values across Science Diplomacy: Interactions and counteractions between scientists and diplomats

Science diplomacy emerges at the intersection of two worlds and through two main categories of actors: scientists and diplomats. These two groups have different values that may clash or complement each other. A smoothly functioning system of science diplomacy might benefit from mechanisms and systems that prevent clashing and encourage complementarity between scientists and diplomats in practice. Panelists will discuss how we may foster convergence of values between scientists and diplomats, and how historical analysis and present time science diplomacy practices validate, refine or even deconstruct ’business as usual’ in both the diplomatic world and the scientific. Panelists may draw on the common language of UNESCO’s Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, and examine institutions and practices in science, while considering how efficient, deliberate, and transparent science diplomacy will come into being.

This panel is proposed by the H2020 European project InsSciDE (Inventing a shared science diplomacy for Europe). InsSciDE aims to create new knowledge on past and present science diplomacy in Europe and reveal and foster Europe’s capital of science diplomacy experience. InsSciDE’s interdisciplinary group of researchers invites scientists and diplomats to explore what could be the science diplomacy of the European Union and to formulate recommendations for the harmonious division of competencies between the member states and their Union. Themes of historical and critical study include Heritage, Health, Security, Environment, and Space.

Will you be attending the World Science Forum 2019?
Don’t miss InsSciDE’s session on Merging Values across Science Diplomacy: Interactions and counteractions between scientists and diplomats!

11-12.30h in the Large Lecture Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.